About Guy McPherson

Guy McPherson was born and raised in the heart of the Aryan Nation, small-town northern Idaho. More than ten years into a career in the academic ivory tower, McPherson began focusing his efforts on social criticism. His contemporary presentations stress the importance of individual and societal action in light of ongoing global climate change and energy decline. All events highlight the importance of living sustainably, a necessity driven by completion of the ongoing collapse of the industrial economy and underlain by the absence of cheap oil. McPherson's latest chapter includes abandoning his tenured position as full professor at a major research university for ethical reasons. His story is described in his latest two books, Walking Away from Empire and Going Dark.

Life is Short, and Urgent

Guy McPherson reminds us that we should strive to “make our lives worthy of the few years we spend on this most wondrous of planets.”

And Thoreau Shakes His Head at America

If Henry David Thoreau still believes that “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty,” then he must be awfully disappointed about the current state of America.

Trading Hope for Action

Let’s live as if we appreciate the others in our lives, human and otherwise.

Hope is Hopeless: On the Dangers of Hopium

Professor Guy McPherson on transforming abstract hope into concrete action.

Protecting the Common Good

Dr. Guy McPherson believes that if humanity is measured in its ability to protect the common good, we’re failing.

Expressing Our Humanity As We Drown It

Dr. Guy McPherson believes incompetence defines the human experience. Can we save ourselves from ourselves?

Questioning Culture: The Absurdity of Authenticity

Culture is loud. Becoming authentically YOU means turning down its volume.

Questioning Culture: Our Addiction to Growth

If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while counting your money.

Questioning Culture: American Empire

Maintaining American Empire requires three fundamental elements. Which are you participating in?

Questioning Culture: When Personal Happiness Brings Suffering to Others

Do our current lifestyles violate the Socratic notion of Good?

Questioning Culture: Shades of Existential Gray

How do we distinguish what we want from what we need?

Questioning Culture: The Long Littleness of Life

Professor Guy McPherson on how we use distractions to make our lives meaningful.

Questioning Culture: A Series

Is this culture the best we can do simply because it’s all we’ve ever known?

Divided We Fall, And So We Are

If you knew it was too late to save society, would you still try?

On Climate Change & Collective Courage

Courage is the only way we can save ourselves from ourselves

If Good is Common Good, We are Failing

Our actions are poorly matched to pursuit of the common good.